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'd go across the board so much, i'd go commerce, labor, education, interior, energy. are you kidding me? i would slash everything. i would take out at least a quarter. at least a quarter. i don't care, sequester, i don't even know what it means. what i know is let's get rid of these goofy departments that are bankrupting america. what's your take on that? >> well, got to disagree with you. >> oh. [ laughter ] >> i think that there's certainly a time and place for cuts. as you say earlier, it's usually when the economy is working a little bit better than it is now. i think if you look back historically, the best time for cuts is back to trend growth, which is 3%, not the 2% economy that we're in now. i'll tell you, i just came last week from the world economic forum, one of the big conversation threads there was that we don't want to be europe. europe has gone too far with austerity. and you might say well that's a liberal point of view. but i'll tell you, the american enterprise institute came out with a report this week saying we should take lessons from overseas. we should not do aust
from your normal speech aimed at middle class families. heavy emphasis on education, on health care, and a surprising emphasis on immigration reform. we'll get to that later. is this a kinder, gentler eric cantor? is this a kinder and gentler republican party? >> you know, i think this is a demonstration of our conservative principles. you know, steeped in self-reliance, in faith in the individual and families. and an insistence on accountability in government. it's putting these principles to work to demonstrate that conservative principles and policies actually benefit people, can help make life work again. >> is it fair to say, in all seriousness, is it fair to say in the last election and who knows when the gop really wasn't directing its policies at the middle class and now you're trying to correct that? is that one of your main themes, main ideas? >> no, larry. i think the lesson learned from the last election is we stood strong on the policies trying to right size the government, to manage down the debt and deficit. for some reason we were unable to demonstrate, or we didn't
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